Petition Tag - property owners

1. Baltimore City (and Maryland) Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Monday, August 14th, the city council introduced a bill that will be devastating to Baltimore City Landlords. And, as with most legislation if passed, it can be a catalyst for adoption into surrounding counties, and potentially the state. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be delivered at the hearing once it's scheduled and is done in collaboration with Maryland Multi-Housing Association. We need your help - spread the word - FORWARD THIS TO OTHERS.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THIS PROPOSED PIECE OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. It will require landlords/owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence. It severely limits a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water). The proposed bill creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition and join our effort to defeat a legislative over-reach.

OUR VIEW IS:
1. This is potentially unconstitutional. 2. There are sufficient tenant remedies and defenses to prevent evictions as written in the current statute. 3. Even though this bill is targeting landlords that own five or more rental properties, it affects all landlords because the bill can be amended prior to vote.

TAKE ACTION:
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the yet to be scheduled hearing date.

CONTACT ME:
If you have any questions about this bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

JOIN LANDLORD 411:
You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

Thank you in advance for your support,
Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

2. Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

  • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and
  • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.


  • THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.


    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).
    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487 and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    3. Maryland Rental Property Owners: Oppose Maryland House Bill 1346

    Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
    On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

    WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
    It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

    • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and /li>
    • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.



    THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.



    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).

    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487l and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    4. Relocate Mail Boxes for Green Acres Property Owners

    Green Acres Property Owners' Association has been in effect since 1989. The association mail boxes have been centrally located. Since them many homes have traded ownership. With that in mind the majority of current home owners would like to have their mail box in front of their home instead of a neighborhood central location.

    The mail boxes are being temporarily moved anyway because of road shoulder construction. The timing is perfect to make this change.

    5. Remove Nuisance dogs in Madison County

    There are dogs in the county that attack livestock and are a nuisance to people and there is no law to protect property owners.

    6. Remove motorcycle parking restriction

    According to the Lakewood Property Owners Association by-laws we are being restricted in whether we can park a motorcycle in front of our home in our designated parking space.

    7. PROTEST AMA SANCTION OF TRH TERLINGUA RANCH RIDES

    Because the roads and trails within the Terlingua Ranch subdivision are privately owned roads located on privately owned land (except for the road owned by the Terlingua Ranch Lodge); and in that the Property Owners' Association of Terlingua Ranch, Inc. Board of Directors nor the General Manager or any other governing body has the authority to give authorization to host an AMA sanctioned event on the private roads or trails within Terlingua Ranch; and in that it would be an impossibility to obtain permission from all interested and involved private property owners to host an AMA sanctioned event on Terlingua Ranch private roads, it is resolved that no association has valid permission to host an AMA sanctioned event on Terlingua Ranch private roads.

    8. Disband Riverfront HOA

    August 1, 2006

    This Petition has been established to let the property owners of Riverfront Subdivision know that it has been determined that there is a majority of property owners that wish to disband the Riverfront HOA.

    9. Abolish Portage County Proposal for Campground

    Town of Dewey resident and/or taxpayers who do not believe the Portage County proposed campground would be in the best interest of the Town of Dewey residents nor nearby property owners.

    10. Belmont Station Assigned Parking Issue

    Sequoia Management Company recently repaved the parking areas of Belmont Station. In doing so, the parking space numbering was also removed and never replaced. It has now become impossible to tell where the assigned and visitor spaces are now located. Visitors now have no idea where to park (at no fault of their own) and have been parking in what was assigned parking spaces. Because there are no markings on the paved areas, property owners are unable to ticket or tow vehicles and have lost the use of their own spaces, 2 of which are included in the sale of each ungaraged townhome.

    Property owners who purchase townhomes with garages don't have this problem because they have a garage and a driveway; plus VISITOR parking if need be. Garaged townhomes are sold with NO assigned parking because of this, which is how it should be.

    Unfortunately, the property owners of the garaged townhomes feel that they are also entitled to assigned parking spaces - which would give them 4 parking spaces plus visitor parking!

    It is being argued that they don't use the garage for parking but rather for storage. That is the property owner decision and property owners of the ungaraged townhomes should not lose parking because of this.

    In conclusion, the policy should remain as is - townhomes with garages should continue to have the use of visitor parking only - they should NOT be assigned 2 additional reserved parking spaces - this takes away from the parking for the property owners without the garage/driveway.

    This petition is for the benefit of the property owners of UNGARAGED townhomes that are in jeopardy of losing much needed parking.

    Please keep the parking policy as is and repaint our numbers in the assigned parking areas as soon as possible.

    Thank you!